Princess Catherine of Portugal wed King of England Charles II. Portugal gave island of Mumbai to England as present. The British got Bombay as dowry from Portugal.
The Battle of Plassey started between Robert Clive, incharge of British army, and Nawab of Bengal, Siraj -Ud -Daula. In this battle Robert Clive won control of Bengal.
Duncan Dock of Bombay was completed.
Edward VIII, king of Great Britain-Ireland and emperor of India (1936), was born.
Kali Charan Ghosh, great Hindi writer, was born at Calcutta.
On this day in 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) first registered “Mercedes” as a brand name and the name gained full legal protection.
King George V was crowned as “King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the seas, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India,” at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony evoking the continuity and tradition of the British monarchy magnificent spectacle. Thousands of spectators crowded the streets for hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal procession. Partition of Bengal notified to create the Presidency of Bengal. The Imperial capital shifted from Calcutta to Delhi.
All India Radio’s broadcasting service started in 1927 by privately owned transmitter at Bombay and Calcutta.
The Simon Commission recommended a federal India and the separation of Burma at London.
On this day in 1940, Adolf Hitler surveyed notable sites in the French capital which is now a German-occupied territory.
Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, great social reformer, politician, national leader and founder of Jan Sangh Party, died at Srinagar while in detention.
Tamil leaders in Madras called Nehru to lobby for better treatment of Ceylon’s Tamil minority.
Sriprakash, freedom fighter, prolific writer and member of the AICC, passed away.
Sanjay Gandhi, great Indian politician and younger son of Indira Gandhi, died in a plane crash. He was appointed as the General Secretary of the AICC (I).
An Air-India jumbo jet plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland, killing all 329 people on board. Indian officials said the crash apparently was caused by a bomb placed in the jetliner by a Sikh extremist group.
Air India Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 ‘Kanishka’ which was travelling to Mumbai from Montreal crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Tin Bigha Day protest in India of corridor opened to Bangladesh.
RBI cuts minimum lending rate by 1%.
India and Pakistan reach accord on joint working groups to address outstanding issues including Kashmir and Siachen.
Communication equipment worth several crores destroyed and Chennai’s land and mobile telephone networks thrown out of gear in a fire at Anna Road telephone exchange.
Acharya Tulsi, the founder of Terapanthi sector in Jainism, died. (20-10-98).